President For A Day

Have you thought about what it would be like to be the president of Widener University?

Well, now you can seize the day – one day to be exact – to sit in the corner office of Old Main. For one day during the spring semester, President Harris will swap roles with you as you become “President for a Day.” Students, faculty, and administrators will call you, "Madam or Mister President."

That’s right, President Harris attends your classes and takes on your obligations as a student, for a day, while you attend the events and meetings on his schedule and run the university. All undergraduate students are encouraged to apply before January 14, 2014. 

APPLY NOW [pdf, 187kb].

"Retired Presidents" of Widener

  • Patrick J. McMillan '13, Business Administration-Operations Management
  • Anna Miller '12, Chemistry/PreLaw
  • Bonnie Zwissler '11, Civil Engineering
  • Doug Shultz '10, Environmental Science
  • Jay I. Bechtel '09, Mechanical Engineering
  • Isnard Estriplet '08, Management Information Systems
  • Danny Gilligan '07, Creative Writing
  • Shana DeRosa '06, Communications
  • Mary Kleban '05, Biology
  • Arthur Kalemkarian '04, Electrical Engineering
  • Amy Lauren Gatto '03, International Business & French


On the left, President For a Day, Patrick McMillan, visits with mascots, Chester and Melrose. Later in the day McMillan discusses university
business with Widener Trustee, James Hargadon.